Drone picture from July 3rd
Pickles prove popular for family fun, entertainment in inaugural season
PORTLAND, Ore. — On a chilly Friday evening in Lents Park, baseball officially made its grand return to the City of Roses early this past summer. A sellout crowd of nearly two thousand baseball fans and fun-seekers smiled, laughed and cheered as the Portland Pickles christened a renovated Charles B. Walker Stadium with a hard-fought extra-inning battle against the Marysville Gold Sox on June 10.
The fun and games spanned the entire summer. Fireworks, dizzy-bat races, deep-fried pickles, a diamond dig and a bobblehead giveaway were just a few of the sounds, sights and smells that awaited Pickles fans over the course of the team’s 33 home games.
Through it all, Dillon the Pickle stood at the forefront. The team’s lovable mascot welcomed smiling faces into the ballpark each night with high-fives, dance moves and a slew of photo opportunities for all ages. Dillon even ventured out to various community events, including the Portland Rose Festival’s Starlight Parade and the tenth annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade. On the field, collegiate stars from near and far made their mark. Matt Hardy (UC Riverside) led the Great West League with nine home runs, Nick Grimes (Orange Coast College) finished third in the circuit with a .327 batting average, and Sahid Valenzuela (Cal State Fullerton) took home league All-Star Game MVP honors. Declan Kearney (Oregon) led the club with a 0.97 ERA, Carson Breshears (Oregon) amassed a team-best 13 stolen bases, and fan favorite Joey Cooper (Palomar College) incited the home crowd with a number of dazzling defensive plays in the outfield.
The Pickles finished their inaugural season in third place at a clip of 32-25, falling just short of a playoff berth during the season’s final three-game series. But all that took place at Walker Stadium from June through August—from between-innings gaffes and gags to post-game autograph sessions—provided just a small taste of the fun to be had and the memories to be made in Portland’s newest entertainment hotspot for years to come.
The Pickles’ front office staff would like to thank all sponsors, fans and community members for contributing to a successful inaugural season, and are looking forward to more family fun and excitement at Walker Stadium in 2017.
For more information on the Pickles’ upcoming second season, call 503-775-3080.